Fall 2018

CS4MS: Computer Science for Middle Schoolers

Are you looking for a course that will allow you to share your love of computer science and computational thinking? Do you want to help make the world a place where there is equal opportunities in STEM Fields? Research suggests that social and cultural factors may be why certain under-represented populations do not choose scientific, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields as a future career. Further, there is simply a lack of student exposure to computer science (CS) in elementary and high school. As a result, students often have little idea of what it means to be a Computer Scientist, or if they have interest in being one. CS4MS: Computer Science for Middle Schoolers is a fall 2018 Immersive Learning Project Course. During this project, the class will work with teachers to develop and document computer activities at three local middle schools to introduce students, particularly underrepresented minorities and females, to CS and computational thinking (CT). Although the focus of this project is for students in the CS major or minor, an interdisciplinary team of BSU students is being sought. If you are majoring or minoring in a related area, including mathematical sciences, education, or computer technology, or simply have an interest, you should seriously consider this opportunity. Tell your friends about the opportunity, as well.

For more information, contact David Largent, Department of Computer Science.

Lead in Muncie and Delaware County 

There are no known safe level of lead (Pb), a persistent neurotoxin, but exposure entirely preventable. In this project, students will work with United Way of Delaware County to look at the levels of lead in blood and the potential Pb sources within Muncie and Delaware County. Students in this project will earn 6 credits total in NREM 490 and GEOL 462 or 562. It counts as upper level electives in both the GEOL and NREM degrees. This project requires having taken CHEM 111 or 112 and permission of the instructors. 

For more information, contact Carolyn Dowling, Department of Geological Sciences.